Thanks, coach! Blake Shelton presented his former Voice mentee Cassadee Pope with the buckle for Breakthrough Video of the Year at the 2014 CMT Music Awards on Wednesday, June 4.
Shelton gave Pope a big embrace while handing the rising country star her award for her hit, "Wasting All These Tears," which was also nominated for female video of the year. He joked, "This is where you say 'thank you' to everybody."
"Still coaching," he added. It's particularly fitting that Shelton, 37, was the one to hand Pope, 24, the award, as he was her coach on season three of The Voice.
"I still need him for stuff," Pope quipped of Shelton while thanking the crowd. "I still need him around to kind of calm me down."
As Voice fans may recall, all four coaches turned their chairs hoping to mentor the talent during her blind audition back in September 2012. Ultimately, Pope went with country megastar Shelton, and later even performed "Over You," a track written by Shelton and wife Miranda Lambert in honor of his late brother. Pope eventually went on to win her season of The Voice, and became Shelton's second team member to win the reality show.
Shelton, for his part, was also a big winner at the annual Nashville-based CMT Awards. The singer took home the Male Video of the Year award for his single, "Doin' What She Likes," while his wife took home Female Video of the Year for her smash hit, "Automatic."
"Y'all have made this a very special night for me," Shelton said onstage. "I have to buy Luke [Bryan] a very expensive dinner."
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